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The Candidate


Aug 23, 1972

Latest Home Video

Oct 29, 1997

MPAA Rating



Michael Ritchie


Robert Redford
Peter Boyle
Melvyn Douglas


1972 Warner Brothers Pictures

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Robert Redford plays Bill McKay, a California lawyer who is talked into standing as a Democratic candidate running against an aging Republican incumbent. Without the worry of winning, Bill is aggressively outspoken during the campaign. But when actually getting elected becomes a possibility, he finds his ethics being swayed by the results of opinion polls.

Content Details

Why Is The Candidate Rated PG?

The Candidate is rated PG

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Candidate...

Violence: A man speeds down a busy street. A character punches a man in the face. A married couple argues briefly. A man kicks a vending machine and yells at another character.

Sexual Content: Women expose their underwear to get a man’s attention. A scene suggests that a married man is involved in an extramarital affair. Women attempt to kiss a man. A man voices his support for abortions. A woman asks a man to sign her bra-covered chest. A man is seen without his shirt on.

Language: The script contains over two-dozen profanities including scatological slang, terms of Deity and a sexually suggestive expletive used in a non-sexual context.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent alcohol and cigarette use is seen, mostly among secondary characters in a historical setting. A politician shares a beer with young adults on the beach. Characters drink or smoke at home, at work and on the political trail.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Candidate.

The deciding vote for the next president of the United States comes down to one uninterested American in Swing Vote. A Depression era politician’s campaign ambitions turn into a quest for personal power in All the King’s Men. A tense showdown occurs between Richard Nixon and report David Frost during an interview following the Watergate Scandal in Frost/Nixon. A naïve leader of a youth organization gets unwittingly involved in a back door deal when he is chosen as a "puppet" politician by some powerful businessmen in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Canadian Movie Ratings

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Candidate...

The Candidate releases to DVD on October 29, 1997.

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